Linux provides the perfect platform for a fully-controllable backup regime. Our Linux-based backup server is at its best when multiple systems exist; all of which need to be backed up to a central resource. By using disk-to-disk backup technology, files can be recovered on the fly and at network speeds without having to waste time locating the correct archive media (usually tape). When combined with tape backup the disk-to-disk approach can provide the added reassurance of double data security.

Single instance storage, compression, and configurable retention times all provide complete control over the backup archiving process, thus enabling the retrieval of progressively older versions of the same file, if required. In summary:

  • Backup services are configured to schedule accurate, secure and reliable copies of company data to, tape or a designated remote site
  • For tape backup, a nominated staff member should be responsible for changing tapes and taking off site out of hours
  • A full backup of all data is made initially
  • Incremental backups subsequently backup only the data that has changed since the previous backup event
  • For remote backup, the backup is scheduled via an existing broadband connection to a remote site. This could be via DSL or a private circuit

One or all of the above methods may be deployed in a backup regime; the more rigorous the backup regime, the greater the data security and chance of successful retrieval in case of disaster.